Learn from the stories and wisdom of ministry practitioners and be equipped for your own ministry context. Workshops will be held on Monday and Thursday.
Monday Bonus Options
These bonus workshops are optional and space is limited. Midwinter programming begins with the Ministry Fair at 5:30 pm followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.
Part One: Monday, January 30 from 8:30 am to 4:30pm (lunch provided)
Part Two: Tuesday, January 31 from Noon to 3:30pm (lunch and discussion group included)
Senior pastors and ministry leaders are invited to an intensive learning experience to foster the healthy missional marker of ‘Intentional Evangelism.’ This intensive will equip one or two leaders from your church or organization to lead intentional evangelism well in your church through the Organic Outreach strategic process. This experience is also designed to prepare future Intentional Evangelism Cohort leaders. Registration is limited to 45 people, to allow for extensive face-to-face time between you and the teaching team. Note: This counts as your discussion group on Tuesday, 1:30-3pm.
Includes the books, Organic Outreach for Churches and Reimagine Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey, and one coaching session with Beth Seversen in 2017 for those who would like additional guidance (Skype or face to face).
Registration is $50 per person plus the cost of lunch; limit two people per church or organization.
Beth Seversen, director of evangelism, Make and Deepen Disciples, ECC, Chicago, Illinois
Rick Richardson, professor of evangelism, Wheaton College, author of Reimagine Evangelism, and director of the Evangelizing Churches Initiative
Sponsored by Make and Deepen Disciples
Churches Growing Young
Like most ministry leaders, you’ve probably heard ominous reports of the demise of faith all around us: The disillusionment of young people, the aging of the church, the rise of the “Nones” … the list goes on. But what if that’s only part of the story? What if there are bright spots breaking through the clouds revealing energized churches brimming with young people? What if there are churches that are actually growing young?
The good news is that those bright spot churches exist. The Fuller Youth Institute team spent the past four years studying congregations effectively capturing the imaginations and hearts of young people ages 15-29. Through this landmark investigation of over 250 diverse congregations of all sizes, FYI uncovered six core commitments held in common by the most effective churches. This bonus seminar will explore both the findings and the stories of real-life churches that are thriving. You’ll leave with a host of doable ideas to help your church right now. Don’t just give in to growing old. Come discover new ways to grow young.
Brad Griffin, associate director, Fuller Youth Institute, Pasadena, California
Challenged by your changing cultural context? Come learn what intercultural resources are available for you and your ministry through Serve Globally and the Center for World Christian Studies.
Paul de Neui, professor of missiology and intercultural studies, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
Deborah Penny, associate director of field education, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
Steve Wong, Lead Pastor, Grace Covenant Church, Spring Valley, CA
The Evangelical Covenant Church won a grant from the Lilly Endowment to address the economic challenges facing ministerial leaders. Lilly’s premise is that personal and corporate financial fitness provides a different level of confidence and energy for ministry. It also creates an environment for building a culture of generosity and amplifying mission impact. This interactive seminar will address critical leadership components of personal and corporate financial health.
Dan Pietrzyk, director of Lilly Grant, ECC, Chicago, Illinois
Paul Hawkinson, executive director, Finance, ECC, Chicago, Illinois
Ann Wiesbrock, president, Covenant Trust Company, Chicago, Illinois
Steve Dawson, president, National Covenant Properties, Chicago, Illinois
Peter Hedstrom, vice-president, National Covenant Properties, Chicago, Illinois
Stan Reiff, consultant, Capin Crouse, Atlanta, Georgia
This orientation is for existing, new, or potential members of the conference committees on ministerial standing. Roles, responsibilities, expectations, process, and procedures will be reviewed. There will be time for conversation and questions about common issues regarding candidate interviews.
1:30-3:00 pm (Repeated from 3:30-5:00 pm)
Come and learn about the new version of Ask the Lord of the Harvest for the ECC prayer and evangelism Sunday. The Make and Deepen Disciples team is excited to introduce you to a fresh paradigm for thinking about intentional evangelism through BLESS. BLESS is five simple missional practices for blessing unchurched family and friends. BLESS will launch on the traditional Covenant Sunday for Prayer and Evangelism. In 2017, we will celebrate BLESS on Sunday, March 19.Beth Seversen, director of evangelism, Make and Deepen Disciples, ECC, Chicago, Illinois
Jesus said, "Love one another as I have loved you." Our time together will help us get honest about whether we truly experience his love, expose the symptoms and source of the wounded emptiness we often feel inside, and suggest a healing path we can choose toward finally hearing him say, "I love you."J. Kevin Butcher, pastor, Hope Community Church, Detroit, Michigan
Join us to discuss leading healthy conflict in dysfunctional church cultures.
Peter Sjoblom, director of church vitality, Central Conference
Don Robinson, associate superintendent, director of church vitality, Pacific Northwest Conference
Brent Thompson, director of church health, Midwest Conference
Developing a Theological Imagination for Justice in Your Congregation
This learning experience will provide a practical framework for churches seeking a theological foundation for stepping into the work of justice ministry. Participants will come away with a strategic vision and resources for beginning to weave the themes of justice into the fabric their congregational life.
Adam Gustine, director of ministry development, Love Mercy Do Justice, ECC, Chicago, Illinois
Rich Johnson, pastor, Sanctuary Columbus Church, Columbus, Ohio.
We have just celebrated the 40th anniversary of the vote of the ECC to ordain women. How are we doing? What are the ways the local pastor/staff can encourage females to explore their calling to ministry and advocate for them once they are a part of the ministerial community?
Brian Wiele, chair, Commission on Biblical Gender Equality; pastor, River Ridge Covenant Church, Olympia, Washington
Abby Jones, pastor, Evangelical Covenant Church, Stromsburg, Nebraska
Churches both small and large depend on lay volunteers to make the vital task of worship happen. This session will equip pastors and worship leaders to mentor and strengthen those who lead our congregations in worship.
Josef Rasheed, pastor, Crossroads Covenant Church, DeSoto, Texas
We will explore a model of how an urban ministry can create and maintain a leadership pathway for indigenous leaders.
Alvin Sanders, senior vice-president of ministry mobilization, World Impact
In this workshop, we will learn from the leader of the Japan Covenant Church. Pastor Katsumata will share about his experience in a creative ministry focused on those who are often ostracized because of their severe mental illness.Yoshinobu Katsumata, chairman, Japan Covenant Church; pastor, Sakawa Christ Church, Odawara, Japan.
In 2030, when the current North Park Seminary student is 45 years old, what will be the essential leadership traits that are necessary to guide a vibrant church through a hostile culture, a new generational demographic, and a shifting geo-political world? This seminar will cast a prophetic eye into the upcoming two decades and discuss paradigm shifts in leadership requirements for the church.
Jim Fisher, chaplain, United States Navy (Ret.), supervisory chaplain, Operation Heal our Patriots (a ministry initiative of Samaritan's Purse)
How to Connect with Society Today, Regardless of Differences
Reaching Millennials (those from 20-40) and younger generations by using proven strategies of churches that are being successful.
Dave Stark, consultant and president, Business Keys International, author Reaching Millennials, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Informing men/women how cyber technology is slowly replacing the need for intimate relationships and why we still need face-to-face connection.
Mil Yi, chaplain, United States Navy, United States Strategic Command, Nebraska
Please join Dr. Jorge Maldonado, former CHET president as he walks us through the systems we form in church and at home for health and spirituality.
El Doctor Jorge Maldonado, ex-presidente del CHET, nos encamina hacia los sistemas que formamos en la Iglesia, en casa para apoyar nuestra salud y espiritualidad.
Jorge Maldonado, former president of CHET.
In times of tension, tragedy, and unrest, in our communities and nation, how do we liturgically and theologically respond in faithful ways?
Evelmyn Ivens, pastor, Grace Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, Illinois
Mark Tao, pastor, Immanuel Covenant Church, Chicago, Illinois
Dominique Gilliard, pastor, New Hope Covenant Church, Oakland, California
What do community groups, physical education, and the YMCA have to do with the church? Here we will explore how ministry and physical activity are related, integrated, and how we can provide opportunities for a physically healthy church community.
Cortney Wall, personal trainer and wellness specialist for the YMCA in Attleboro, Massachusetts
A meditative discernment process that engages the imagination and the intuition using images, scissors, paper, and glue in a quiet, prayerful space. No artistic tendencies required, just an open heart and a willingness to engage. Time will be built into this session for those who have prayer cards they would like to process, so bring them along.
Heather Monkmeyer, Covenant pastor and spiritual director
This workshop will be formatted as a lab designed to equip preachers (and teachers) for a four to six week series on the mission of God. Significant themes, rich exegetical material, and vivid illustrations will be presented with the goal of inspiring creativity and reducing the typical preparation time necessary to preach on this essential subject.
Mark Seversen, director of missional congregations, ECC, Chicago, Illinois
Learn about planting and leading churches that experience and advance biblical reconciliation within a society divided by race, culture, and class.
José Humphreys, pastor, New Hope Covenant, New York, New York
Alex Rahill, director of church planting, Start and Strengthen Churches, ECC, Chicago, Illinois
David Swanson, director of church planting, Central Conference
Highlights Community Bible Experience (CBE) and other approaches of using the Bible as a tool for evangelism/discipleship.
Glenn Paauw, director, Institute for Bible Reading
Heidi Morrow, manager of administrative support, Make and Deepen Disciples, ECC, Chicago, Illinois
Originally presented to the ministerium of the Pacific Northwest Conference, this seminar respectfully reviews biblical texts related to human sexuality.
Stephen Chester, academic dean, professor of New Testament, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
Work is good, but sometimes our lives get out of balance. Come and learn about work, goal setting and motivational skills to successfully make healthy sustainable choices for your future.
Ben Steel, certified fitness trainer, teacher, Bellevue Christian School, Bellevue, Washington